Okay I’ll admit, I’m kinda proud of this one.
Despite reading like the plot to a terrible spy movie, the trope of “it goes all the way to the TOP!” conspiracy theory is more real and disconcerting than many are comfortable thinking about. Not just confined to a country, nae, the world’s governments, there’s of course other threats to personal privacy and information in the form of hackers. Utilizing their skills plus discretely advertised botnet services, these individuals can potential pose a risk to the liberties of all internet denizens.
The ‘sock puppet’ is another technique reportedly employed by government agents to steer discourse as desired. Others, such as Tom MacMaster from University of Edinburgh, set up fake accounts to send strong political messages. His alias ‘Amina Arraf’ was created to ‘give his ideas credibility’. While not nefarious, his deceit calls into question many online personas and makes me question how ‘real’ some actually are.